IDRIART - Institut pour le développement des relations interculturelles par l'art / Institute for the Development of Intercultural Relations through the Arts is a global movement represented and supported through the nonprofit institute in Hamburg, Germany in partnership with Gandin Foundation in Slovenia.
This movement was the answer to European “call of the times” in 1980’s which ended with the fall of Berlin wall with all cosequences for the global relationships of power. The uniquness of IDRIART is the radical departure from traditional cultural festival: large international audiences of very succesful Chartres Festival d’Ete responded to the call of its founder, violinist Miha Pogacnik, to assume the priveliged role of the concert performer and travel under the protection of music to various crises areas of the world and actively participate in the transformation of societies.
What is the “privileged role of the concert performer”? Artists have always enjoyed such role, already in the middle ages it was only the court jester who was expected to tell the emperor the truth without the danger of severe punishment! Thousands of IDRIART audiences traveled together with artists to former communist world in 80’s addressing together with local people essential issues beyond politics. Bled-Budapest-Prague-Krakow-Tallinn-Cluj-Bratislava-Tbilissi-Kaluga-Bishkek, many times over and then in 90’s with cultural caravan on transsibirian train from Berlin to Ulan Bator, furter many times in Beijing, Lhasa, then turning to the fires of dissentigrating former Yugoslavia with IDRIART in Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, ending with 6 ships strong Flotilla of Peace. By the conclusion of 90’s IDRIART has spread to all continents including festivals in Amazonia, South Afica, Australia and New Zealand. After some 200 intercultural and interdisciplinary festivals IDRIART started to persue the challenge of future composition of society inspired through formative principles of Art in the context of Terra Parzival
IDRIART represents not only the innovation of travelling festival as social transformation, but also a very particular quality. It stands or falls in respect to one essential element: the challenge to reach every time again and again the precious moments of the inspired “raised resonance platform”, a unique field of “flow”, where the interaction of all participants reaches the “symphonic” quality of many-layered depth, essence and meaning. Everyone who has participated in these events knows this particualar “IDRIART” quality when it collectively appeared, and it can not be easily forgotten! Similar collective experiences are know to arise in situations of natural or social disasters. But in case of IDRIART it is formative force od artistic processes which raises all participants to the sphere above the abstract and linear.
If Art appreciation dares to go beyond glorified entertainment, it becomes conscious “Tuning of the Soul”, a purification process before entering the portal of “Temple of Knowing”.
Miha Pogačnik for Terra Parzival team.